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Episode 24 – Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory (1957)

This month we’re stuck deep in no man’s land, about to engage in a combative debate about the merits of Stanley Kubrick’s early anti-war film Paths of Glory.

This podcast is non-profit and has been broadcast for educational purposes. Excerpts from the following material has been included to enhance the listener experience:

Paths of Glory (1957) dir. Stanley Kubrick, USA
 (1960) dir. Stanley Kubrick, USA
Full Metal Jacket (1987) dir. Stanley Kubrick, UK

“Army Dreamers” (1980), w & p: Kate Bush


Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Thomas Gray, 1751

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of pow’r, 
         And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave, 
Awaits alike th’ inevitable hour. 
         The paths of glory lead but to the grave. 

Film Fisher online magazine acutely analyses the final sequence of Paths of Glory, noting its ability to return humanity to those dehumanised, speaking universal truths of love, loss and longing.

Cinephilia & Beyond also looks at the film in its current context, calling it “Stanley Kubrick’s first step towards cinema immortality”. This article is very thorough – there’s thoughts on the film, interviews with both Kubrick and co-producer James Harris, behind-the-scenes photos and more. It’s like the sunken treasure of Paths of Glory was finally found and placed onto this website. Check it out.

If for some reason you’ve never seen Paths of Glory – or, if you have and don’t yet own it – BUY! IT! NOW! There’s no excuse. Eureka Video added it to their Masters of Cinema collection (£13.99 on Blu-ray), and the Criterion Collection also did a marvellous restoration ($31.96 on Blu-ray, $23.96 on DVD). Both versions are sublime, so you can’t go wrong.

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Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. We’ll see you next month deep in the heart of Texas as we spend some time with three beautiful people (Liz, James and Rock, oh my) and talk about George Stevens’ 1956 epic Giant.

Until then, don’t forget to check out the archives, or hit up our website.

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